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Acad Psychiatry. 2007 Sep-Oct;31(5):388-401.

Psychosomatic medicine: the scientific foundation of the biopsychosocial model.

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Drexel University College of Medicine, Office of Educational Affairs, 2900 Queen Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19072, USA. dennis.novack@drexelmed.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This article presents major concepts and research findings from the field of psychosomatic medicine that the authors believe should be taught to all medical students.

METHOD:

The authors asked senior scholars involved in psychosomatic medicine to summarize key findings in their respective fields.

RESULTS:

The authors provide an overview of the field and summarize core research in basic psychophysiological mechanisms-central nervous system/autonomic nervous system, psychoneuroimmunology, and psychoendocrinology-in three major disease states-cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and HIV virus infections.

CONCLUSIONS:

Understanding the core scientific concepts and research findings of psychosomatic medicine should provide medical trainees with a scientific foundation for practicing medicine within a biopsychosocial model of care.

PMID:
17875624
DOI:
10.1176/appi.ap.31.5.388
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